Sr. Barbara Joseph's pantry asks everyone to show mercy

Sister Barbara Joseph's Food Pantry has established a project called, Call to Mercy, that teaches Catholic school students about the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Project staff works with each school to promote and teach the Corporal Works of Mercy in a way that engages students. The project is sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese and is funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

The staff has taken the Call to Mercy project to nine Catholic schools so far, helping students unite their efforts through service and leadership.

The project inspired students to raise money and purchase a burial plot at Resurrection Cemetery that they dedicated to a homeless person who did not have any fiscal resources for burial.

At Saint James Catholic School, students hosted a canned food drive that raised more than 4,000 cans for Sister Barbara's food pantry. They also raised more than $620 during Lent by giving money they would have used for toys and games, donating it to help the homeless.

Sister Barbara Joseph gave the students she visited totes to remind them of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The CCHD grant money covered supplies, printing, travel expenses and supplies for school leaders. 

The goal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is to stop root causes of poverty through education of Catholic social teaching, awareness and action.

To support projects like Call to Mercy, please consider a gift to the archdiocesan-wide collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development on Nov. 18-19.

For more information, contact Becky VanPool, CCHD director for the archdiocese, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.